I really like Alex’s framing of best-of-breed progressively enhanced websites as “progressive apps” (although Bruce has some other ideas about the naming).
It’s a shame that the add-to-homescreen part isn’t standardised yet though.
It’s very early days for ServiceWorker, but Jake is on hand with documentation and instructions on its use. To be honest, most of this is over my head and I suspect it won’t really “click” until I try using it for myself.
Where it gets really interesting is in the comments. Stuart asks “What about progressive enhancement?” And Jake points out that because a ServiceWorker won’t be installed on a first visit, you pretty much have to treat it as an enhancement. In fact, you’d have to go out of your way to make it a requirement:
You could, of course, throw up a splash screen and wait for the ServiceWorker to install, creating a ServiceWorker-dependant experience. I will hunt those people down.
This is a breath of fresh air: a blogging platform that promises to keep its URLs online in perpetuity.
Charles Arthur analyses the data from Google’s woeful history of shutting down its services.
So if you want to know when Google Keep, opened for business on 21 March 2013, will probably shut - again, assuming Google decides it’s just not working - then, the mean suggests the answer is: 18 March 2017. That’s about long enough for you to cram lots of information that you might rely on into it; and also long enough for Google to discover that, well, people aren’t using it to the extent that it hoped.
A one-stop-shop with links to the authentication settings of various online services. Take the time to do a little Spring cleaning.
This could be a handy little service for sharing locally-hosted sites.
A very handy looking API that turns file uploading (and conversion) into a service.
This is the reason why we chose Vzaar for hosting the videos on the Reprieve website.
Elliot gives a rundown of the font delivery services for the web that are on the way.
Another font-linking service is on the way.
Jeff's got something up his sleeve that will help the cause of web typography.
Gareth is putting some wisdom of crowds behind the design of APIs. Vote on the principles that you think are important in a good API.
If anybody out there has some experience with the Amazon Associates Web Service API and XSLT, I could do with some help.
A handy little RESTful ping service to answer the eternal question: "is it just me or is my site really down?"
This is good news. You can expect Gravatar service to get faster and better.
Early adopters of the iPhone now get a $100 of Apple Store credit. Nice bit of customer management.
Dopplr can has API.
The second part of Gareth's series for Digital Web on APIs. This time he's got some PHP code samples for parsing XML and JSON.
PayPal has a new competitor. Amazon is now offering a payment services to developers.
Ben Buchanan on how most supposedly open Web 2.0 (sic) sites are really walled gardens lacking interoperability.
Yet another reason never to fly with Ryanair.
I'm loving this mashup of lolcats, Twitter and Flickr. Occasionally the text and the picture matches up in a serendipitously hilarious way.
Multimap's API is now open and free as in beer (as long as the traffic is within reasonable bounds). This is good stuff. And they're all in with the Open Street Map guys too.
Track Cindy and Jason on their trip across the country... mashup style.
Aral just posted his extensions to the Twitter API.
A nice collection of royalty free texture photos using the Flickr API.
Machine tags will now be available through the Flickr API (that's triple tags to you and me).
Dave Winer doesn't get JSON.
A nifty mashup in which Twitter bots update twice a day with weather updates. I am now friends with Brighton Weather. I feel so in touch with nature.
Users of the Google API take note: you're okay, but anyone else who wants to put Google search on their site is screwed.
Users of the Flickr API take note: the path to images has changed.
A cool way of looking at photos from your Flickr contacts, built using the Flickr API by Jason Garber and Jeremy Carbaugh (who are here with me at Refresh Orlando).
Here's an API for accessing material that is censored in countries like China or Iran.You can use this API to republish that information on other sites, circumventing the censorship.
The W3C Validator now has an API. It's SOAP only unfortunately, but this could still prove to be immensely useful for rolling into a CMS.
This new method in the Flickr API could be used to create some fun zeitgeist-driven mashups.
Hallelujah! I've been waiting for Flickr to add this method. Now the API is truly complete.
You can now get responses from the Flickr API formatted as JSON.
Jonathon has found some circumstantial evidence of an API for searching the iTunes music store. That could be really interesting. It might be fun to mash it up with Amazon's API.
He has decided to prove that he can walk to Cork -- the location of the nearest Apple repair center -- faster than Apple can arrange for the pickup of his broken Mac.
Cameron has written a great article on using APIs with Ajax. I love the idea of using .htaccess to fake a proxy and get around the same-site restriction.
Version 2 of Google's Maps API is out. Changes, changes, read all about it.
Douglas Crockford has written a wrapper function to allow the easy interchange of JSON data between servers.
As a follow-up to my post about Yahoo's term extractor, I should point out that Tagyu also has an API. It's RESTful and simple.
Make Flickr photos into magazine covers - another fun use of the API.
CNET's News.com explains why web services are so cool.
A handy guide to using a wrapper for the Google Maps API.
A very cool mashup of two APIs: events from EVDB and maps from Google Maps.
This is cool and frightening in equal measures. Eric uses the Google API to demonstrate the effect of nuclear detonations on American cities.
Geo-tagging meets social software. I must check this out and investigate the API.
PayPal moves into the territory of merchant accounts. With an API no less!
The BBC is going to be offering an API. Hallelujah!
Tim Bray on the politics and practicalities of Web services.